This video game sums up life in the most heartbreaking way possible

PipocaVFX's We Go Forward starts off as most cheery side scrolling video games do: run, jump, smash bad guys and keep going forward. But then the game transforms into a metaphor for life: we can't make the jump but we can't go backwards so we settle, we teach our kids to be better and then they leave us. » 2/04/15 2:31am 2/04/15 2:31am

Striking images of the first war that felt like a video game

The USAF Air Combat Command just tweeted this photo: "Today in 1991, US-backed coalition air forces attained air supremacy over the Iraqis." Aside from any geopolitical consideration, there's something unsettling about it. It is simultaneously imposing for what it shows and terrible for what it doesn't. » 1/27/15 12:56pm 1/27/15 12:56pm

Showing off on social media is a stupid game

If life was a video game right now, it'd be a pretty terrible one. That's because it'd just be levels of Facebooks and Twitters and Instagrams and social networks that would encourage us to pimp our lives for likes. And push us to hashbrag what we do. And to make sure the world sees our selfies. Team follow back.… » 12/09/14 11:37pm 12/09/14 11:37pm

Depressing graphic shows the time humanity spent watching Gangnam Style

The Economist made this sobering graphic of the hidden cost of the most popular YouTube video of all time—with more than two billion views since June 2012: "At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours, or more than 16,000 years." Then they compared it to some of humanity's most monumental tasks. » 12/08/14 12:59pm 12/08/14 12:59pm

The story of the Marine who survived all his squad in a twist of fate

This is the heart wrenching story of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams. He lost all his squad mates—11 of them—when their vehicle exploded on their way to a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. And all because, at the last minute, someone tapped on his shoulder. He was lucky. Perhaps, he thinks, too damn lucky. » 11/15/14 3:17am 11/15/14 3:17am

Time lapse: An empty city in black and white feels so eerie and lonely

This short time lapse by Bruce W. Berry Jr is already a powerful piece of work. It turns the buildings of Philadelphia into towering monoliths that hide people away, it makes the sky look like ghouls seeping in and it turns the city into a haunting place. Sadly though, the story behind this time lapse is even more… » 11/06/14 12:54am 11/06/14 12:54am

Portraits of abandoned dogs before being put down at a shelter

Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou created these portraits of abandoned dogs minutes before being euthanized to "arouse people's awareness of animals rights." What really fucks me up is to look into their eyes knowing they didn't know what was coming up next. A stark reminder of our responsibility towards these beings. » 10/21/14 4:49pm 10/21/14 4:49pm

Short film: The tale of a 13-year-old drug mule across the deadly desert

This is the story of Manny, a 13 year old boy from Tijuana who has to pay the bills for his family. Weak, poor, desperate, Manny is ripe prey for the merciless Mexican drug lords who sent him into the Arizona desert as a mule. But things are not what they seem. The reality is even worse than that. » 9/25/14 12:12pm 9/25/14 12:12pm

Watching desperate polar bears searching for ice is truly heartbreaking

This beautiful video shows something terrible: How polar bears now have to swim for incredibly long distanceslooking for ice to hunt their prey without being seen. Many of them drown. Some get back to land and die later, exhausted and starved. All thanks to the collapse of the northern ice sheets. » 6/21/14 8:40pm 6/21/14 8:40pm